HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of the Nepal Police raided a rented room in Sinamangal yesterday and busted a human trafficking racket with the arrest of its ‘kingpin’.
DSP Pravin Pokharel informed that the arrestee, Ishwor Neupane (29) of Sindhupalchowk, had been operating the racket under his nickname Dayaram Pandit to cover up the crime. “We first raided Neupane’s rented room and confiscated solid evidence to implicate. Later, we laid a trap and nabbed Neupane in Durbar Marg,” he said.
Investigation suggests that Neupane, in association with corrupt officials at the Immigration Office of the Tribhuvan International Airport, had managed to send 700-800 job aspirants abroad, especially Gulf countries, illegally over a period of six years.
“The racketeer preferred to send women abroad in the hope of making fast buck from foreign agents,” DSP Pokharel informed.
In course of interrogation, Neupane conceded to trafficking Nepali labourers to Gulf countries. “So far, I have sent around 800 men and women abroad,” he told the CIB investigators.
Officials have confiscated 74 passports and 16 citizenship certificates, a Samsung brand printer, a CPU and six stamp seals of government bodies authorised to sign the documents of foreign job aspirants.
Neupane and his unidentified associates used to forge passports, citizenship certificates and other documents of prospective clients, and eventually make a deal with immigration officials for their exist from the TIA.
“Neupane would charge a client additional amount of up to Rs 18,000 in the name of bribing immigration officials to ensure their exit from the TIA,” DSP Pokharel revealed.
CIB officials said they have launched an investigation to establish his contacts at the TIA.
Two weeks ago, CIB arrested Nisha Pandey and Sashikala Rai from the airport premises while they were preparing to fly to the Gulf illegally.
In course of investigation, the women told CIB investigators that Neupane had assured them of safe exit from the international airport.
Based on their inputs, the CIB had launched a manhunt for Neupane. Police have handed over Neupane to the Department of Foreign Employment for legal proceedings.